Finding the best Effexor dosage can be a matter of trial and error, as medications affect everyone differently depending on various factors such as age, gender, physical condition, other medications one may be taking, and other variables.
We have to start somewhere, though, so this article will highlight some general guidelines.
What Is Effexor?
Effexor is used to treat Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), and Panic Disorder (PD) with or without agoraphobia in adults.
It may also be prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) as many folks with ADD/ADHD also suffer from depression and anxiety.
As a result, it may be used in combination with other medications or have off-label uses.
Effexor, or Effexor XR (extended release), is available in the following dosage strengths: 37.5 mg, 75 mg, and 150 mg.
A typical starting dose is 75 mg for depression, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD), whereas a starting dose of 37.5 mg is typically prescribed for panic disorder (PD). In addition, the dosage may be broken up into smaller dosages taken throughout the day.
Means Of Ingestion
Effexor is meant to be taken as a single dose with food at about the same time every day, either in the morning or in the evening. It should be swallowed whole and not crushed, chewed or dissolved in water.
However, the contents of the capsule may be sprinkled onto a spoonful of applesauce for those who have challenges swallowing pills. It should then be immediately followed by drinking glass of water. Do not chew before swallowing.
Try to take your Effexor dose at the same time every day. However, if you miss a dose wait until the next dosage time before taking another dose. Never double up doses. Also, never adjust your Effexor dose without consulting and working in conjunction with your prescribing doctor.
Inform your doctor or healthcare provider if you suffer from liver or kidney problems, because your doctor may start you on a lower dose of the medication.
You can store this medication at room temperature.
Never share or sell your medication. It is considered a controlled substance to be taken only under the supervision of a medical professional. Never crush or snort this medication.
For most patients, the highest recommended dose is 225 mg total per day, although some people may need to take as much as Effexor 375 mg per day.
Also, abruptly stopping this medication can result in withdrawal symptoms.
Remember to attend regular medication monitoring sessions with your prescribing doctor so they can monitor your progress. This is also your opportunity to raise any questions or concerns.